I've been toying around with making this topic for the last week or so, but each time I decided not to. Despite not having read much of it I'm a big fan of Fantasy. There's two things though, there's either no mention of any animal smaller than a horse (and those the size of a horse will be a horse) and the creatures will always be the same as on earth, or you get the stereotypical things of basilisks and dragons. I have no problem with basilisks or dragons, but It'd be nice to see some other things. So, springboarding like that "list of magic" thread, fantasy creatures that don't get much love outside of Final Fantasy or Dungeons and Dragons, you know, the kind of game where it's more interest when there's more then bears and boars to kick around. Feel free to add on to the list. I encourage it. Real creatures that are dead: Dromesauridae: Raptors. Most of them were small (Velociraptor was the size of a dog, the things from Jurassic Park are actually Dienonychus.) They were also covered in feathers, giving them a wide range of places to live, anywhere there are birds there could be Dromes. Also they were pack hunters, so they'd fulfill a similar niche to Wolves. And Dogs. Ceratopsians: Nothing like bad guys riding on big ol Styracosaurus painted with skulls on the frill, maybe the horns pierced with rings. A punctured frill and broken horns on a battle hardened steed. God that'd look awesome. Also, protoceratops could be farmed like pigs. Hadrasaur, Ankylosaur, a whole bunch of Dinosaurs. Tyrannosaurs. Gigantasaur was a 45 foot tall Tyrannosaurid, and to date is the largest landbased predator. Now THAT would make a fitting mount for a Dark Lord. A whole bunch of Synapsids would also make good fauna, like what ever this thing is. Also, Dimetradon, those Sailback monsters. Beyond those there's Pterasaurs and Mosasaurs and Icthyosaurs and Pliesiosaurs... From the Age of Mammals there's Mammoths, Smilodon, Nimravidae, Tiger Wolves (Gods those things are creepy), and a bunch of others The Stuff of Dreams (or Nightmares): Wyvern: Like dragons, but instead of four legs and two wings they only have two legs and two wings. To see how much variety you can get using simple mythical creatures as a springboard, check out the Wyvern of Monster Hunter. The Rathalos and Rathian are the stereotypical wyvern, but then you get such diversity as the Yian Kut-Ku, weak little birdy it is, the poison spewing Gypceros, the electric, acid spitting Khezu, (which looks like something Clive Barker would have as a Nightmare), the fishy Pliesioth, the Cephadrome and Cephalos, which are related to Pliesioth and "swim" through the desert, the rhinoceran Monobolos and it's larger cousin the Diabolos, The rock like Basarios , it's OMGWTFHUEG adult form, the Gravios. There're also other examples of what I'm shooting for in this thread (that is to say, reimagining of other things into more usable things) but because the main enemy in the game are of the same uh... Class? Family? Taxonomic category and yet so diverse, that's really all I care to do a picture-link for. Though I do like the Velociprey and Velocidrome, the Genprey and Gendrome, and the Ioprey and Iodrome. But that's because Raptors are so cool. I'm sure you noticed, but the "Hadrasaur" and the "Ankylosaur" are from Monster Hunter as well, two herbivores known as Aptonoth and Apceros. But they serve the purpose. Barometz: Technically the only Flora I can/care to think of. A plant shaped like a lamb. Maybe it could be a type of vegetable that tastes like meat. Maybe it moves around and eats the grass like in the legends. Maybe it grows like a pumpkin. Peryton: said to be the spirits of Drowned Atlanteans, Peryton were a cross between deer and seagulls, and despite neither being a carnivore, they eat people. Some legends say they have the shadow of a man and when they kill someone they get a normal shadow and never bother anyone again. Good for a seafaring adventure. Bahamut: Ever since DnD it's been a giant dragon, but Bahamut was a Babylonia God or something that looks like a giant hippo or an elephant. Riding on a fish. In water. In a bowl. On a crocodile. Or whatever, and so on and so forth. I'd just stop at the hippo thing. Leviathan: A giant sea beast. the biblical Leviathan is also believed to be a hippo. But better interpretations paint it as a giant sea serpent. Ziz: The hebrew lord of birds. He protects smaller birds and is himself the largest bird in the world. Roc/Ruhk: A giant bird from the tales of Sinbad, and I'm sure from that area of the world in general. That's enough out of me. How though, would be a good way to work creatures into a story? I mean if you, and by you I mean I, have thought of these great things like Barometz, how do you add that in without devolving into a half paragraph explanation of what that is when your, and again, by your I mean my, characters go to a feast? Or how do you have these magnificent wyverns, little dragon like things that breathe fire and have electricity and freeze things and any other number of strange defenses, without having one guard some stupid treasure in the middle of nowhere?